This is a guest article from our Pioneers UK sister office.
A classic excuse!
The dog ate my homework. We’ve all heard it before. A child doesn’t want to do his homework. He wants to play with his friends instead. Or maybe he wants to sit in front of the television for hours after school. So he comes up with a fool-proof excuse, an excuse that surely (he surmises) no child in the history of mankind has devised before. “But Miss, I dutifully sat at my desk all night, slaving over your ingenious assignment (which was surely designed to enlighten and inspire me not only to be a better student, nay, a better human). But, to my grave dismay, as I was making my way out the door this morning, my unruly dog Fido ripped the assignment from my hand and tore it to shreds in front of me as I wept in rage (see my tear stains?). Miss… the dog ate my homework.”